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LeBron James scores 17 in new-look Cavs’ preseason loss to Bulls


After missing Cleveland’s first three games of the preseason with a sprained left ankle, LeBron James made his debut Tuesday in the Cavaliers’ 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

James, who had been sidelined for nearly two weeks after stepping on rookie teammate Cedi Osman’s foot on the second day of training camp, tallied 17 points in the loss.

The first was Scottie Upshall’s short-handed semi-breakaway eight minutes into the second, and the other was Schwartz’s drive from the left circle with 8:51 left, both of which were stopped by Lundqvist.

After their worst season since moving to Denver in 1995, the Colorado Avalanche have started this campaign winning two of their first three on the road.

The team isn’t getting overly excited. After all, Colorado started 2016-17 with a 3-1-0 record before losing 59 of their last 78 games.

The difference this year could be a healthy Semyon Varlamov. The Russian goaltender, coming off double hip surgery in January, is 2-0, including a 4-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. They will likely get a shot at revenge on Varlamov when the teams meet Wednesday night for Colorado’s home opener.

If Varlamov plays close to how he did in Boston, the Avalanche have a great chance to match last year’s quick start.

“Do I think that certain owners have blocked teams from visits or interest? I do, I do believe that,” Schefter said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show. “And I think that there has been more interest in him from the coaching and front office level than there has been at the ownership level. So it was always going to take a unique opportunity for him to be brought in, in the right place, at the right spot, at the right time.”tigers_001

Jones was unaware of their actions when asked after the game.


New York Giants (11:45 a.m.): With Paul Perkins out, the Giants will be going with the tandem of Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman at running back. Neither is a lock to end up as the team’s primary ball carrier, but whoever steps up first may well end up with the job going forward.

Mike Williams (9 a.m.): It’s always important to read reports carefully, especially on Sunday mornings. ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that Williams, the No. 1 draft pick for the Chargers, will make his debut next week. However, because this report is coming out today, there may be some confusion for those who don’t read carefully. Williams (back) is still out for today’s Week 5 action. This has not changed.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys defensive ends Damontre Moore and David Irving raised their fists at the end of the anthem before Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“We as a team are very much on the page together,” Jones said. “We made our expression. I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys — I don’t care what happens — under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”

George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs at the NFL Players Association, tweeted a statement from the union on players’ constitutional rights Sunday night.x (13)

Jay Cutler wants absolutely no part of the Dolphins’ decision to run the wildcat


Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler does not appear to be a fan of the wildcat offense.

When the Dolphins decided to run a little wildcat against the Saints on Sunday, Cutler, lined up at wide receiver didn’t move.

Coleman saw plenty of the field once Jeremy Lane left with a hip injury and was one of the reasons Brissett managed just 15 passing yards in the second half and this costly turnover.

With Doug Baldwin nursing an injured groin, reciever Tyler Lockett stepped up with a team-high 67 reciving and 22 rushing yards. The Seahawks (2-2) also got a TD from backup tight end Luke Willson.

“We sustained, we got some third downs and were able to make a couple plays here and there,” Wilson told NBC Sports after the game. “I thought the line did a great job. A couple of those sacks were on me and I thought we continued to battle.

“How about the defense? They were great all night and that allows us to make some plays and break this thing open.”

Despite the blowout win, the Seahawks still have a lot of questions remaining on offense, especially with the mounting injuries but the team’s “next man up” mantra should play dividends as the season rolls along.
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Andrew Luck could practice Wednesday, Chuck Pagano says


Colts quarterback Andrew Luck could practice for the first time this season as early as Wednesday.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday he’ll have a better idea of Luck’s availability on Wednesday, which is the next time the team will practice.

“Andrew is progressing well, getting stronger and there might be chance,” Pagano said. “He might be able to start some practice this week, but I’m not guaranteeing nothing, so don’t write anything. There’s a possibility.

“When our doctors and our trainers tell me that he’s at a point where he can get back out there to begin to practice, then I’ll be able to tell you for sure. He’s doing well.”

The Giants receiver was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday, his first time on the practice field since injuring his ankle Aug. 21 in a preseason game. Beckham told reporters Thursday he’s dealing with a six-to-eight week injury timetable, which would still put him a couple of weeks away.

While Beckham will be a game-time decision for the Giants, coach Ben McAdoo doesn’t want to rush him back into action.

“The biggest thing is, you don’t want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is,” McAdoo told reporters Saturday. “It is an injury. It’s a tough injury. He’s fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we’re going to be smart with him.”
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Charles Tillman trading NFL life for FBI, report says


Some guys just can’t stay away from the action.

Former Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Tillman is reportedly training to join the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing multiple sources.

The FBI declined comment on the personnel matter, but we can confirm Tillman has a handful of months before turning 37 in February and thus being too old to be a new hire by “the bureau.”

Tillman, who has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, tried his hand at TV last season with Fox but hasn’t appeared this season. Now we know why.

While a seven-minute drive might sound like it features one team running the ball down the other’s throat, LeSean McCoy & Co. were basically held in check by the Broncos’ run defense, which is one of the quiet success stories of 2017. Keep in mind that the league-best Denver defense was first against the pass and 21st against the run per DVOA last season. So far this season, the Broncos have held Melvin Gordon to 54 yards on 18 carries, Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards on nine rushes, and now McCoy to 21 yards on 14 attempts. Those are three franchise running backs who have combined to run for 83 yards on 41 carries, or just over 2.0 yards per attempt. That’s sensational.

On the other hand, much as they did with Dak Prescott last week, the Broncos stacked the box with run defenders and dared Taylor to beat them. The difference is that Taylor delivered. He went 20-of-26 for 213 yards with two touchdowns, and two of those incompletions were drops. Taylor’s first touchdown pass came on a throw that was fortuitously deflected by Zay Jones to Andre Holmes, but Taylor was brilliant regardless. He posted a passer rating of 126.0, which is comfortably the best mark any quarterback has posted against the Broncos and their dominant pass defense since the beginning of the 2015 season. Drew Brees was previously the only other passer to make it to triple digits (111.7) over that time frame.
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What the Falcons’ 34-23 win over the Packers means for a pair of NFC favorites


The Falcons moved to 2-0, kept beating up on the Packers, and opened up Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a win all in the same night on Sunday. In the first regular season NFL game at Atlanta’s bananas new field, the Falcons beat Green Bay, 34-23.

“You can see the pure passion that he has,” said Del Rio. “These are his people. These are my people. He played well. I know he was really happy to have his first game go like that.”

Beast Mode earned his nickname in Seattle where he spent six seasons and had the best years of his career, including four Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl ring. Even then, he has never been this happy.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him dance like that,” said Bruce Irvin, who was teammates with Lynch in Seattle. “He never did that in Seattle. I guess cuz he’s at home . . . He is Oakland so, that was a great thing to see.”

Lynch finished with 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while the Raiders spread the carries around to Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, and Cordarrelle Patterson.

As much as we’ve made this day all about Lynch, he was more hesitant to take the spotlight. From the very start, he entered with Richard and Washington and let Derek Carr have the final entrance.

Dwayne Johnson took up Kevin Hart’s “Hurrican Harvey Challenge” by donating $25,000, with additional donations to come from Johnson’s different companies. He also sent a message to people displaced by the storm.

Stay strong Houston and hold onto faith. Me and my family know what you’re going thru. We survived the eye of Andrew and became stronger – so will you. All my love and strength. * Link in my bio in you can donate a buck or two to our Houston families in need.
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Hurricane Irma forces NFL to move Bucs-Dolphins game


The Buccaneers-Dolphins game scheduled for Sunday in Miami will not be played.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm on a path for South Florida, has forced the NFL to move the game, though a neutral site or new date have been determined.

Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph.

Bridgewater, the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and 2014 Rookie of the Year, will continue to strengthen his knee as the Vikings overhauled their offensive line to protect Bradford.

When Foster departed, the 49ers and Panthers were tied at 0, but the game quickly slipped away after he left. On the next play, the Panthers scored on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Cam Newton to receiver Russell Shepard. Carolina went on to reel off the game’s first 20 points before the Niners scored.

“Reuben is a guy that we definitely want out there,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was a little deflating when you have a big turnover like we did, especially when on the play, it was a chance to have an explosive touchdown. So that was deflating on offense and then to have a turnover instead of that and then to lose a guy on the next play and then I think they went down two plays later.”

Surgery would have meant Darby would miss the rest of the season. After Sunday’s game, the team’s medical staff expected that Darby’s absence would be about 6-8 weeks if it did not require surgery, a team source said. Another source noted every player heals differently under the rehab treatment and said, you can always hope for a 4-to-6 week deal but there were discussions whether Darby would be a candidate for injured reserve, with the ability to return after eight weeks.
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